Queens Gazette, February 27, 2013
Lions Club International, which is traditionally thought of as a heterosexual, family values group of volunteers is recognizing the extraordinary work of the first LGBT group of Lions volunteers in New York state.
Jacob Berelowitz, who is president of the Queens Pride Lions Club, an LGBT group of volunteers, is being honored for leading the group on March 3 at Russo’s on the Bay, 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard, Howard Beach.
Some of the Queens Pride Lions’ accomplishments include:
•Helping survivors of Hurricane Sandy and raising money for a community organization in the affected Rockaway Beach area. The group is identifying visually impaired individuals affected by Sandy so that they can provide, repair or replace needed visual aids and equipment for the person for free.
•Introducing the “Lions Quest” curriculum into the New York City school system that addresses bullying, self esteem building for students K-12, substance abuse prevention and academic enhancement.
•Providing clothing to people who need it for job interviews.
•Producing a video which is broadcast on QPTV as well as online to give information on PTSD, traumatic event and mental health information post Hurricane Sandy and service referrals.
•Taking 150 hearing- and visually-impaired people to the Big Apple Circus for free by the club.
Two-time Grammy nominee Martha Wash is performing at the event recognizing these new community service volunteers of the Queens Pride Lions Club as well as Councilmember Julissa Ferreras, who will also be recognized and presented with the Corona Lions Legislative Award.
For information on the group and services they provide, visit www.QueensPrideLionsClub.org.